Kirkstall St. Stephen’s C of E (Voluntary Aided) Primary School


Kirkstall St Stephen’s C of E Primary School

RE Curriculum Whole School Overview

Based on Leeds Diocesan Guidelines


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2



Why is God important?

Christmas and why do we perform nativity play?

Being special: where do we belong?

Easter and why is there a cross in the Easter garden?

Which stories are special and why?

Which places are special and why?

Year 1

Why should we be thankful?

What can we learn about God through stories? Why does Christmas matter?

Why should we care for others and why does it matter?

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Why are some books special (Bible, Guru Granth Sahib and Qur’an)?

What do Christians believe God is like?

Year 2

Who am I? What does it mean to belong?

What is God like? Why does Christmas matter?

Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?

What is the good news that Jesus brings?

What makes some places sacred to believers?

Who made the world? Exploring Christian ideas about God through creation

Year 3

What is it like to follow God?

RE-searchers characters

Advent and Christmas in the papers: who, what, why, when?

Who are Inspirational people?

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday?

When Jesus left what was the impact of Pentecost?

What does it mean to be a Sikh?

Year 4

What is it like to follow God?

Advent and Christmas in the papers: who, what, why, when?


What are the deeper meanings of festivals?

(Christmas, Eid, Vaisakhi, Passover)

Why do Christians remember the events of Holy week every year?

What is the Trinity?

Why is pilgrimage important to some believers?

Year 5

What kind of world did Jesus want?

(preparation for harvest service)

What does it mean if God is holy and loving?

Creation and science?

What did Jesus do to save human beings?

How can following God bring freedom and justice?

What does it mean for a Muslim to follow God?

Year 6

What would Jesus do?

Was Jesus the Messiah? (incarnation)

What can be done to reduce racism? Can religion help?

Was Jesus the Messiah? What difference does the resurrection make?

What are my big questions? Research project of own choosing to use RE skills.

Why do some people believe in God and some don’t? 


The purpose and intent of RE at our school

RE explores big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how  they live. RE helps pupils to make sense of religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. 


Listening Yurt

We really enjoyed borrowing the listening yurt from Leeds Church Institute again. This time we set up a series of reflective stations based on phrases of the Lord's prayer as a follow up to our series in Collective Worship. Through the activities we realised The Lord's prayer was used throughout the world. Each class went over to church half at a time. Thank you so much to members of St. Stephen's and parents who helped out. The children enjoyed the chance to be still, calm and reflect. Lily Mae wrote “ I felt really calm and I enjoyed eating the bread.” Louis said 'I felt as if I was at home.'

Year 4's trip to South Parade Baptist for Open Up to Christmas
Charlie from year 4 wrote this report of their visit: First we walked to Headingly. When we got there we were put into groups with children from other schools, like Beecroft , Kirkstall Valley and Shire Oak. The teachers went off into another room and had a relaxing time. A man gathered us together and asked us som "Would you rather...?" questions. People from different churches went through the letters of OPEN. The first letter O was for Ordinary people, then the second was P for procalim the Holy Spirit and so on. Some children got to dress up as different people from the Christmas story. We went into groups to make tealight holders or complete booklets about Christmas story. We even got a little refreshment too. Finally we watched a clip of elf getting ready for Christmas. Open Up Christmas helped year 4 get ready for Christmas!

Year 2's visit to church to baptise baby Isobel

Year 2 enjoyed taking baby Isobel Rosie over to church to watch her being baptised. The parents and godparents were very proud! Myla said 'I really enjoyed that, it was very interesting!' We enjoyed cake as a celebration when we got back.

Year 6 reflection prayer spaces

Year 6 had the opportunity to reflect on their time at primary school through a series of prayer spaces. It involved thinking about their hopes and fears for the future, reflecting on past mistakes and also giving thanks for their time at Kirkstall St. Stephen's.

Year 6 at the Leavers' service in Leeds Parish church

Year 6 joined with other pupils leaving primary school to reflect on their experiences and worship God together.

Year 5 trip to Leeds Grand Mosque July 2019

Year 5 really enjoyed their trip to Leeds Grand Mosque. They enjoyed learning about what Muslims believe, about the 5 pillars and dressing up in clothes worn by Muslims from all over the world.

Year 3's trip to the Gurdwara July 2019

Year 3 had a lovely visit to the Gurdwara - we were very warmly welcomed! We learnt about the 5Ks which are the symbols of Sikhism and we saw the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book of Sikhs). We were given some lovely hospitality in the Langar - delicious potato cakes!

Year 5's peace workshop November 2018

Shannen from Bradford Peace museum came and did a workshop for year 5 about poppies,remembrance and peace. We learnt about the different coloured poppies. The purple poppies are to remember the animals who were used in the war. We made poppies and designed our own symbols of peace. This is part of our wider topic in RE - what can we learn about peace from WW1.

We believe RE is a very important part of our curriculum and has many benefits for children in their learning now and for their lives in the future.  Parents do however have the right to withdraw their children from this subject.  We would encourage parents to discuss any concerns they may have with us. 

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of
all children, and expects our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.